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Buffalo in the '80s: Getting ready to deliver the Courier one last time

Do you remember the red and white delivery wagons of the Courier-Express? Maybe you go back even further to remember when they were green?

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(Buffalo News Archives)

It was 33 years ago this month that the lights went out and the press went cold at Buffalo’s other great newspaper, the Buffalo Courier-Express.

Absentee ownership of the Courier, a staff of journalists unwilling to compromise the integrity of their newsroom, and the fact that both the Buffalo Courier-Express and The Buffalo Evening News were losing money as Buffalo’s economy continued to erode were all among the final straws that broke the paper’s back. The final edition was prepared Sept. 18, 1982.

Longtime News Editor Bob Dearing was among the last reporters to file a story for the Courier-Express when it closed.  His summation of the colorful history of the Courier-Express didn’t make it into that final edition as planned, but it was printed in The News on the 25th anniversary of that last edition of the Courier-Express' making a thud on stoops for the last time. (Dearing still works for The News -- today, he is the lead wire editor, selecting the state, national and international stories that appear in the paper.)

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